874 Dorchester Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 0R8
[email protected]
2008 – 2012
University of Cambridge, Peterhouse
PhD in the History of Architecture
Research Interests: Freemasonry and nineteenth-century British architecture
Thesis: Freemasonry and the Nineteenth-Century British Gothic Revival
Supervisors: David Watkin and James Stevens Curl
2007 – 2008
University of Cambridge, Peterhouse
MPhil (with distinction) in History of Art
 Major Fields: Eighteenth and nineteenth century French and British architecture
 Thesis: Charles Robert Cockerell and his Theories of Gothic Proportions from his Lectures at the Royal
 Supervisors: David Watkin and James Stevens Curl
2005 – 2006
University of Amsterdam
Master of Arts in Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents
GPA: 9/10
 Major Fields: Esotericism in Early Modern Europe
 Thesis: A Ritualist Revival: Fin de siècle Esotericism and the Oxford Movement
 Supervisor: Kocku von Stuckrad
2002 – 2004
University of Toronto
Master of Arts in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations
GPA: 4.0
 Major Fields: Hebrew Bible and the religion of Egypt and Mesopotamia
 Thesis: Nebuchadrezzar and the Stars: A New Perspective of the Theophany in the Book of
Habakkuk 3:3-13
 Supervisor: Brian Peckham
1999 – 2002
University of Winnipeg
Bachelor of Arts (4 year) in Religion and Anthropology
GPA: 4.14
 Major Fields: New Testament and Cultural Anthropology
‘Reformation of the ‘True’ Principles of Architecture’, The Canonbury Papers, ed., Matthew Scanlan, ed.,
London: Lewis, 2013.
‘Cockerell, Charles Robert (1788–1863)’, Le Monde Maçonnique des Lumières, dictionnaire prosopographique,
Charles Porset and Cécile Révauger, eds, Paris: Editions Champion, 2012.
Book Review: Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs, ‘Builders of Empire: Freemasons and British Imperialism, 1717–
1927,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2010, pp. 517-18.
Artists of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Manitoba Heritage Grants Council, Winnipeg, 2010.
‘Architecture Parlante in a Canadian Temple of Democracy: the Manitoba Legislative Building as a
Route of Initiation’, Vox Lucis 28, 2008, pp. 84-130.
‘Alchemy, Freemasonry and Kabbalah’, The Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Messages, (ed.)
Paul Lunde, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008, pp. 52-63.
The Hermetic Code: Unlocking Manitoba’s Greatest Secret. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Free Press, 2007.
‘The French Folly Garden Le Desért de Retz as a Theatre of Moral Instruction’, Symbolism in 18th
Century Gardens: The Influence of Intellectual and Esoteric Currents, Amsterdam: Stichting OVN 2006,
pp. 287-310.
‘Vitruvian Firmitas, Utilitas, and Venustas in Manitoba Legislative Building, OVN, Foundation for
Academic Research into the History of Freemasonry in the Netherlands, 6.10, September, 2005, pp. 3-14.
‘Architecture and the Medieval Guilds’, Grand Lodges of Canada, Vol. 22, 2004, pp. 20-8.
The Golden Boy Cipher. Winnipeg: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2004.
‘Rites of Passage as Architectural Expression of Indigenous Identity’, Canadian Museum for Human
Rights, 2 April 2013.
‘A Metropolis in Embryo: Winnipeg in 1913 as the Architectural Apex of the World’, Celebrating a
Century: Regenerating Winnipeg’s Built Heritage, 15 March 2013.
‘A Policy of Inclusion: Symbolic Rock Art and Prehistoric Medicine Wheels as Exhibits for First
Nations Expression’, Royal Alberta Museum, 14 November 2012.
‘As Above, So Below: Symbol of World and the Image of the Cosmos at the Temple of Horus at
Edfu’, University of Ottawa, 18 September 2012.
‘William Lethaby and the Perennial Philosophy in Architecture, Mysticism and Myth’, University of
Edmonton, 27 April 2012.
‘The City Beautiful Movement and the Architecture of Paradise’, Art Gallery of Ontario, 27 March
‘William Burges and Gothic Fantasy’, University of Manitoba, Department of Architecture, 8
December 2011.
‘Nineteenth Medievalism and the Origins of Gothic Architecture’, The Cambridge-Columbia
Symposium in Architectural History, University of Cambridge, 15 February 2011.
‘The Architecture of Manifest Destiny and the Original American Dream’, University of Princeton, 22
March 2011.
‘Geometry in Nineteenth-Century British Architecture and Theory’, Symposium on Geometry and
Victorian Culture, University of Cambridge, CRASSH, 1 October 2009.
‘Charles Robert Cockerell and his Royal Academy Lectures on Freemasonry’, International Conference
on the History of Freemasonry, Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh 29 May 2009.
‘Victorian Neo-Classicism and the Greek Ideal’, Graduate Research Colloquium on Architecture,
University of Cambridge, 14 January 2009.
‘The Battle of Styles and the Legacy of Pugin’, University of Cambridge, Department of History of Art,
2 December 2008.
‘The Vesica Piscis and the Unseating of Euclid in Nineteenth-Century European Thought’, Hidden
Sources: Western Esotericism and the Arts, University of Cambridge, 11 October 2008.
‘A Forgotten Son of Pythagoras: Frederick Bligh Bond and his Excavations at Glastonbury Abbey’,
University of Winnipeg Art History Association, 25 July 2008.
‘Augustus Vincent Tack and the Salon de la Rose + Croix’, University of Winnipeg, 8 February 2007.
‘Icones Symbolicae, Platonic Emblemata and the Tradition of Ernst Gombrich’, University of
Amsterdam Graduate Symposium, 12 December 2005.
‘Images of Power and Sacrifice in Ancient Near Eastern Texts’, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, 04
October 2005.
‘Utopian Influences in Government City Planning and Architecture’, Canadian Association of Former
Parliamentarians Regional Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 19 September 2006.
‘Egyptian Iconography in Brookside Cemetery and Field of Honour’, Canadian Historical Society,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, 9 September 2005.
‘The Personification of Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs’, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate
Students’ Annual Symposium, University of Toronto, 19 March 2004.
‘Nebuchadnezzar, Yahweh, and the Stars: A New Perspective of Habakkuk’, Near and Middle Eastern
Civilizations Graduate Students’ Annual Symposium, University of Toronto, 1 March, 2003.
2008 – 2010
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba
History of Culture, Ideas and the Environment
2005 – 2007
Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg
Senior Researcher of the Tie Creek petroform site in the Canadian Whiteshell
2006 – 2008
Instructor (June-September), Department of History, University of Winnipeg
Western Esotericism: Heretical Movements and Secret Societies
2008 – 2011
2008 – 2010
2008 – 2009
2007 – 2008
2006 – 2007
2005 – 2006
2005 – 2007
2005 – 2006
2004 – 2004
2004 – 2005
2003 – 2004
2003 – 2004
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada
Wingate Scholarship Program, London, England
Heritage Grants Award, Province of Manitoba
Worts Travel Fund, University of Cambridge
Kettle’s Yard Award, University of Cambridge
Cambridge European Trust, University of Cambridge
Burns Family Trust, The Winnipeg Foundation
Heritage Grants Award, Province of Manitoba
Murphy Foundation Grant, University of Winnipeg
Huygens Scholarship, Dutch Ministry of Education
T.G. Hamilton Scholarship, University of Manitoba
Heritage Grants Award, Province of Manitoba
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario
Donald W. Beattie Award, Grand Lodge of Manitoba
Hiram Scholarship, Grande Loge Du Québec
Chancellor’s Gold Medal, University of Winnipeg
Gold Medal of Excellence, University of Winnipeg
I.H. Asper Award for Early Jewish Studies, CanWest Global
Glen Murray Mayoral Scholarship, City of Winnipeg
Theology Award of Merit, University of Winnipeg
Biblical Hebrew, Phoenician, French, Latin, Akkadian (Intermediate)
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